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Aug 14, 2000, 13:31 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Linux is the future for the Office desktop? Are you joking? Well, no. There are good reasons why Linux has a place on the office desktop, and why the enterprising manager should consider a Windows-like Linux distribution such as Corel as a step on the rung to a more economic and stable office environment."

"The manager deploying computer systems through an organisation should consider these things. The magic words of computer science were always maintainability, reliabilitiy, flexibility and portability. The conventional PC deployment has too many shortcomings, of cost, of long-term consistency, and of business efficiency. There must be ways to reduce the overall cost of deployment, which includes support and training for each upgrade. There must be ways to ensure the sustainability of software in the long-term, because the initial costs of development and deployment are so high. Good managers should also be consulting their staff where they will find a growing fatigue and cynicism towards Microsoft software, not least the corrupted development languages such as C++ and Java, which even when pretending to conform to the language standards, will run only on Microsoft platforms."

"This article proposes that the time has come for Linux. Why? Cost is an obvious incentive. It is possible to download a Linux system from the internet and deploy it across the system without the requirement for a licence. This is totally free, depending on your telephony arrangements, but large companies require quality assurance and support for their systems. The savings may be more subtle, but are no less obvious. All the major distributors of Linux have arrangements for professional support of their systems. There are other benefits like competence, adaptability and standardisation, or that the commercial office systems available on Linux, Applixware and WordPerfect, are both equivalent to and compatible with Microsoft Office, and cost an awful lot less. And StarOffice, which claims the same benefits, is freely distributable. The free software office tools being developed by KDE and Gnome promise to be as feature-filled as their respective GUIs. Linux is, of course, an ideal development platform, and besides the standard free development tools, also supports high performance IDE's such as SGI's Jessie, which is open-sourced, and the Inprise/Borland programming development tools, which are also cross-platform and standards compliant."

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